In September 2019, a dramatic decision was taken by several key cultural institutions in the UK. National Galleries Scotland, Southbank Centre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre all announced they were ending their relationships with British Petroleum (BP). Tate Modern and Tate Britain had done the same back in 2016. Notably absent from the list are the Science Museum and the Royal Opera House, as well as the British Museum, where an exhibition of Iraqi artefacts was the target of some very colourful and inventive protests. (See page 32.)

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